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Philippines: Column: War on Drugs Not Just Digong's Fight Alone

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Cebu Daily News, 16 Aug 2016 - We can rant all day about how dirty and bloody the current war on drugs has become, but we cannot deny the fact that only President Rodrigo Duterte has shown utmost resolve and political will to do battle with drug syndicates. The illegal drug trade is just one of the tentacles of the underworld. According to law enforcement experts, revenues accrued from drug trafficking fund the criminal colony that is illegal gambling, human trafficking, white slavery, gunrunning, cybercrime and terrorism, not to mention sustaining the network of government officials who aid the illegal structure.

Philippines: Column: War

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 16 Aug 2016 - What changed is that the socalled "war" on drugs is now taken most literally. Our entire police organization seems entirely focused on the drug problem. Raids are conducted incessantly. Evidence is being collected against the so-called "drug lords" and their powerful protectors.

Canada: Canada Head Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait?

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 16 Aug 2016 - They Choose to Ignore the Current Laws VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Cannabis Culture Lounge has everything a pothead might need to feel right at home: $3 marijuana buds, bongs for rent, bags of Skittles and Doritos for sale, and black leather couches where customers can recline in zoned-out contemplation in a pungent haze. Never mind that it is all technically prohibited by Canadian law.

US OH: Miamisburg May Join Bans On Medical Pot

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 16 Aug 2016 - Six-Month Measure Needed to Evaluate Issue, City Officials Say. MIAMISBURG - Miamisburg is moving to become the latest Miami Valley community to place a temporary ban on medical marijuana. The city is considering a six-month ban on issuing and processing "any permits allowing retail dispensaries, cultivators, or processors of marijuana" in the city, according to a proposed ordinance.

US: Cannabis Education Needed, Doctors Say

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Aug 2016 - Legal Limbo Limits Training on Subject Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them.

US NJ: 'Weedmobile' Destroyed, Weed Advocate Criticizes

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 16 Aug 2016 - TRENTON - Marijuana activist Ed Forchion gave a famous Los Angeles graffiti artist $300 cash, an ounce of weed and an expensive bong to paint a political statement on the side of his "Weedmobile" in 2008. The provocative portrait showed NJ Weedman blowing smoke into Uncle Sam's face. The van would later become a rolling billboard for Forchion's Trenton restaurant and pot temple, capturing in cartoonishly large candor his pro-marijuana views and disdain for New Jersey's "hypocritical" drug laws.

US MD: Md. Names Cannabis Growers, Processors

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 16 Aug 2016 - More Than 20 Companies Given Preliminary OK for Medical Pot The state has awarded preliminary licenses to more than 20 companies to grow and process marijuana in Maryland, a major step forward in the effort to make medical cannabis available to patients in Maryland.

US DC: Editorial: Don't Reclassify Marijuana Yet - Research It

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Aug 2016 - The DEA Is Right to Allow More Places to Grow Pot for Studies. THE DRUG Enforcement Administration made headlines last week for sticking to the status quo: The agency declined to change marijuana's classification under the Controlled Substances Act to a lower, less strictly regulated schedule.

US MD: Companies Selected to Grow, Process Medical Pot in

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Aug 2016 - Of the 15 companies cleared for cultivation, at least eight have ties to marijuana industries in other states. From page A1 Thirty businesses have won approval to grow and process medical marijuana in Maryland, regulators announced Monday, putting life into the industry more than three years after lawmakers legalized the drug for medical use.

Philippines: CPP Withdraws Support For Anti-Drug Campaign

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Manila Times, 15 Aug 2016 - THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has withdrawn its support for President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs, which the party described as having become "anti-people and anti-democratic." "In line with standing orders, the New People's Army (NPA) will continue to intensify its operations to arrest and disarm drug trade operators and protectors. However, these will no longer be considered as cooperative with the Duterte regime's undemocratic and anti-people 'war on drugs,'" according to a statement by the CPP released on Friday.

Philippines: Editorial: Silenced Witness

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 15 Aug 2016 - If the government wants charges to stick against public officials linked to the illegal drug trade, it should protect witnesses at least against high-value suspects. Last Wednesday Police Officer 2 Ryan Casiban was found dead at a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu with only his pants on. The rest of his uniform plus his service M-16 rifle and police motorcycle were found in another area of the city.

US NY: Column: Harsh Drug Sentences Take Their Toll on Black

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 15 Aug 2016 - On a Sunday morning in late July, in a small town in southwest Alabama, Barbara Moore Knight gave her fellow church members news that brought spontaneous applause and murmurs of "Amen!" She told them that her son, James LaRon Knight, was among the drug felons whose sentences had been commuted by President Barack Obama the week before. In 2004, Knight was convicted of conspiracy to sell cocaine. Although the crime was nonviolent, he was sentenced to more than 24 years in a federal prison. The sentence was a travesty, an unduly harsh punishment for a family man never accused of running a substantial criminal enterprise.

Philippines: Column: Extrajudicial Killings As Crime Against

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 Aug 2016 - A TOTAL of 3,257 extrajudicial killings (EJKs) were committed during the Marcos dictatorship. In contrast, there were 805 drug-related fatalities from May 10 (when Rodrigo Duterte emerged winner of the presidential election) to Aug. 12, per the INQUIRER count. If the current rate continues, the total number of EJKs for the six years of the Duterte administration will end up about 700 percent more than the killings committed during the 14 years of the Marcos dictatorship.

Philippines: Killings in Drug War to Be Investigated: Phl to US

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Businessworld, 15 Aug 2016 - THE Philippines has vowed to investigate reports of a wave of extrajudicial killings, the government said Sunday, after Washington warned military aid to its Asian ally was dependent on respect for human rights. According to media reports, nearly a thousand people have been killed since President Rodrigo R. Duterte won a landslide election victory in May largely on a pledge to kill tens of thousands of criminals.

US NJ: OPED: Cannabis Decision Is Cause for Muted Celebration

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 15 Aug 2016 - The Obama administration's decision to expand opportunities for scientific research of medical marijuana, while leaving cannabis classification under its longtime most-dangerous-drug status, strikes us as an important step, but hardly a solution. The decision is hopeful in that it signals an attempt to end the bureaucratic hurdles that prevent scientific study of the drug that so many advocates claim has curative powers. But leaving in place the stigma and legal problems that a Schedule I designation creates makes the administration's attempt to find some middle ground difficult to truly appreciate.

US NJ: Weed Like A Word With You

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 15 Aug 2016 - N.J. Pols, Vets Pressure Guv to OK Pot for PTSD MILITARY VETERANS and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat posttraumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use.

US CT: OPED: The Missing Scientific Case for Medical Marijuana

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 15 Aug 2016 - The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has just issued a helpful reminder to all Americans. In denying a petition to loosen restrictions on marijuana, the agency repeated that the drug has "no currently accepted medical use" in the U.S. This may come as a surprise, given that 25 states already allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat maladies from PTSD to Alzheimer's disease. Yet the truth is, research has yet to find firm evidence that marijuana can alleviate physical suffering.

US CA: Extending Marijuana Ordinance Considered

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 15 Aug 2016 - County Looking at Continued Enforcement County supervisors are being asked on Tuesday to extend the county ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives or businesses. Extending that ordinance, which was first passed in 2013 then extended in 2015, will be the subject of a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers in Visalia.

CN ON: Infamous Ford Crack Video Made Public

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 12 Aug 2016 - TORONTO - Three years after sparking a firestorm of controversy, a notorious video featuring Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was made public on Thursday, a move that angered the late Toronto mayor's family and drew mixed reactions from the public. The so-called "crack video" was released after the conclusion of a court case involving Ford's friend and driver Alexander (Sandro) Lisi, who faced an extortion charge related to efforts made to retrieve the clip.

US CA: Santa Rosa Invites Marijuana Businesses to Step Out of

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 14 Aug 2016 - Larry Schaeffer has grown marijuana in Sonoma County for more than a decade. His Cherry Kola Farms outside Penngrove supplies award-winning strains of pungent pot to one of Sonoma County's largest medical cannabis collectives, as well as discerning dispensaries around the state.

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